By P. J. O'Rourke, Christopher Buckley, Jonah Goldberg, Joe Queenan, Christopher Caldwell, Andrew Ferguson, Jonathan V. Last, Michael Graham, Sonny Bunch, David Burge, Mollie Hemingway, Rita Koganzon, Matt Labash, James Lileks, Rob Long, Larry Miller, Christ
An all-star crew of eighteen conservative writers bargains a hilarious, insightful, sanctimony-free remix of William Bennett’s The ebook of Virtues—without parental controls. The Seven lethal Virtues sits down subsequent to readers on the bar, buys them a drink, and an hour or 3 later, ushers them into the revival tent with no them even knowing it.
The book’s individuals comprise Sonny Bunch, Christopher Buckley, David “Iowahawk” Burge, Christopher Caldwell, Andrew Ferguson, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Graham, Mollie Hemingway, Rita Koganzon, Matt Labash, James Lileks, Rob lengthy, Larry Miller, P. J. O’Rourke, Joe Queenan, Christine Rosen, and Andrew Stiles. Jonathan V. final, senior author on the Weekly average, editor of the gathering, can also be a contributor. All eighteen essays during this publication are showing for the 1st time anywhere.
In the book’s starting essay, P. J. O’Rourke observes: “Virtue has on no account disappeared. It’s as a lot in public view as ever. yet it’s been strung up via the heels. advantage is the other way up. advantage is uncomfortable. advantage seems ridiculous. all of the switch and the home keys are falling out of Virtue’s pants pockets.”
Here are the virtues every person (including the book’s participants) was once taught in Sunday institution yet have completely forgotten approximately till this very second. during this sanctimony-free zone:
• Joe Queenan observes: “In essence, thrift is a advantage that resembles being first-class at Mahjong. You’ve heard approximately those that can do it, yet you’ve by no means really met any of them.”
• P. J. O’Rourke notes: “Fortitude is old fashioned. We compliment the best iteration for having it, yet that they had aluminum siding, church on Sunday, and jobs that required them to put on neckties or nylons (but by no means on the similar time). We don’t wish these either.”
• Christine Rosen writes: “A fellowship grounded in sociality skill having fun with the corporate of these with whom you definitely percentage actual area instead of people with whom you often and enthusiastically trade cat videos.”
• Rob lengthy deals his model of contemporary day justice: for those who sleep past due at the weekend, you're compelled to attend thirty mins in line at Costco.
• Jonah Goldberg bargains: “There was once a time while this desire-to-do-good-in-all-things was once thought of the one form of integrity: ‘Angels are higher than mortals. They’re regularly definite approximately what's correct simply because, through definition, they’re doing God’s will.’ Gabriel knew whilst it used to be alright to get rid of a bed tag and Sandalphon consistently tipped the right kind amount.”
• Sonny Bunch dissects forbearance, looking at that the fictitious mins Hate of George Orwell’s 1984 is now really a truth directed at residing, respiring humans. thank you, partially, to the net, “Its goals are detailed by way of a spontaneously created mob—one that, because of its hive-mind nature—is almost very unlikely to name off.”
By the time readers have accomplished The Seven lethal Virtues, they won’t even discover that they’ve simply been catechized into a completely different—and better—moral universe.